About the OB/GYN Department
Offering the Full Spectrum of OB/GYN Patient Care
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is Mass General's third-largest admitting service with a faculty of more than fifty. Our clinical and research team is a leader in advancing such health concerns as gynecologic oncology, menopause, high-risk obstetrics, infertility and urogynecology. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our service in the top 1% of the nation.
#1 Research Hospital in America
Mass General is the #1 Research Hospital in America and the only hospital to be recognized in all 16 specialties assessed by U.S. News & World Report.
OB/GYN Advances in Motion
Information for health care professionals about the latest OB/GYN breakthroughs, research and clinical advances from Mass General.
Training the Next Generation of OB/GYN Leaders
Find information on OB/GYN residency, fellowship and other continuing medical education opportunities.
Caring for Women in Boston and Around the World
The Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Global Health Program is an integral part of our departmental mission.
We address the unmet promise of health care for all women throughout the world, through patient care, education and research innovation. We strive to ensure that our efforts are guided by the locally relevant needs of our partners and the women they serve.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a long-standing commitment to women's health.
The Vincent Memorial Hospital, dedicated to the care of sick and impoverished women, was founded in 1891 and later became Mass General’s gynecology service. The continuing collaboration between the OB/GYN Department and the Vincent Memorial Hospital helps sustain our research and education mission.
Jeffrey Ecker, MD
My goals are to enhance excellence in clinical care, build a solid research enterprise that fosters innovation, prepare trainees for demanding careers and consider alternative models of care to improve efficiency and patient satisfaction.
Chief, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
A Vision for the Future
Jeffrey Ecker, MD, appointed chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2015, has made women's health care his life's work. A member of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty at Mass General for more than 18 years and professor of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Ecker’s academic interests are in understanding and optimizing pregnancy outcomes often as part of collaborative research efforts. In addition, Dr. Ecker has studied and written widely about issues in reproductive ethics including appropriate limits to conscientious objection in reproductive medicine and the legal and moral challenges to maternal autonomy during pregnancy.
Dr. Ecker’s clinical and academic work is reflected in local and national leadership roles. He was a founding member of the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative and is past-president of the Obstetric Society of Boston. He has served as chair of the Committee on Ethics for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and has been a member of the ethics committees of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. He currently serves as chair of ACOG’s Committee on Obstetric Practice and is a member of both the Publication Committee of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Obstetric Expert Panel for Leapfrog, a national quality measurement consortium.
Awards & Recognition
Each year, Massachusetts General Hospital is recognized for achieving the highest standards in patient care, education and research, ranking the hospital among the most prestigious medical institutions.
OB/GYN at Mass General
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mass General consistently ranks among the best women's health care providers in the country, offering innovative treatments from leading experts in obstetrics, gynecology, infertility, cancer, and urogynecology. Learn more about our department.